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National Weather Service Posts Flood Watch for SW Oregon Especially Coastal Areas

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for southwest Oregon, with the biggest threat on the Southern and Central Coast.

The Flood Watch for the Coast and Josephine County runs from this evening through late Saturday night. Abundant moisture will arrive with the next storm system.

Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible. Precipitation runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas. Low water crossings may also be flooded.

NWS officials said residents should monitor weather forecasts for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Heavy rain may result in landslides in areas of steep terrain as well as debris flows in and near burned areas from recent wildfires. Debris flows are rapidly moving and extremely destructive landslides.

Flows can contain boulders and logs transported in a fast-moving soil and water slurry down steep hillsides and through narrow canyons. They can easily travel a mile or more and move faster than a person can run. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons may be at serious risk.

Stay alert. Track the Flood Watch by radio, television or online. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Posted on 1/12/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh